Maggie Vaults Over the Moon

‘Voice of Masters Track and Field’ Recommends ‘Marvelous Maggie’ for Veteran Athletes, too

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'The Voice' of Masters Track and Field, Ken Stone, reviewed 'Maggie' on

Ken Stone sees ‘Maggie’ being popular with masters athletes.

The Voice of Masters Track and Field has spoken, and Ken Stone says…

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is a “marvelous” and “vivid” story that will rekindle “the youthful joy” of achievement for all athletes, from nine to 99 years-young.

In a glowing review posted on, Stone, a living legend in the world of senior athletics, admits to “getting a little teary-eyed at times” while reading the story of Maggie Steele, the gutsy Kansas farm girl who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a storybook pole-vaulter.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon“I was impressed,” Stone writes. “Mostly for how [author Grant Overstake] got into the mind of a Kansas farm girl. But especially his eye for detail. Grant vividly describes track meets and vaulting.”

While Maggie is technically a young adult novel, Stone adds, “I could see this book being popular with masters athletes as well.”

In fact, Stone was in the process of reading Maggie Vaults Over the Moon during the recent USATF Masters National Track and Field Championships, in which he competed as an athlete and wrote about for his international readership.

While watching the seemingly ageless athletes thrilling to their best efforts in the runs, jumps and throws, it seemed to him as if they, too, were infused by the “spirit of Maggie Steele.”

As a masters track and field athlete himself, the author was thrilled with Stone’s enthusiastic review, titled, Overstake’s ‘Maggie’ is meant for kids, but speaks to masters.

“It is no exaggeration to say that Ken Stone is The Voice of master’s track and field,” Overstake said. “There are more than 50,000 masters athletes, aged 35 and over, worldwide. It’s great to have Maggie introduced to this wonderful group by someone with Ken’s stature in the sport.”

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is now available in paperback or eBook and can be purchased through in the United States, Canada, China, Japan, United KingdomGermany, SpainFrance, and Italy. Maggie also is available at Australia’s premier online bookseller, Angus & Robertson, and at hundreds of local independent US booksellers near you.

Spoiler Alert! Mr. Stone’s wonderful review reveals significant plot details about Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

Read Ken Stone’s Review


An award winning editor, writer and photographer, editor and webmaster, Ken Stone, has followed track and field as an athlete and journalist since the late 1960s. He has witnessed many of the sport’s greatest moments, including the 1984 Los Angeles and 1996 Atlanta Olympics; and the 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012 US Olympic Trials. A member of Track and Field Writers of America (TAFWA), Ken posted the original Wikipedia article on masters athletics. In June 2009, he won TAFWA’s first annual Adam Jacobs Memorial Award for excellence in blogging.

As an athlete, Ken was a standout prep hurdler in Nebraska who went on to compete for the University of Kansas in the early 1970s. He has competed in masters track and field since 1995, including 12 outdoor nationals and two world championships. 

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